Australian PMs Office Sends Formal Complaint to ABC

The prime ministers office has delivered an official complaint to Australias national broadcaster, the ABC, over a story it ran online and on TV about the governments “COVIDSafe” app on April 24.

The Australian reported that Chief Media Adviser Nick Creevey wrote to the ABCs head of news Gaven Morris about journalist Dylan Welchs reporting on the governments “COVIDSafe” virus contact tracing app. According to The Australian, the prime ministers office said the reporting was “unnecessarily alarmist.”

Welch had noted in his reporting that there was a possibility the “COVIDSafe” apps data could be “obtainable by U.S. law enforcement” under the 2018 United States CLOUD Act.

Can the US obtain COVIDSafe data? The answer, for the moment, appears to be yes. @lb_online

— Dylan Welch (@dylanwelch) April 27, 2020

The Australian government awarded the contract for “COVIDSafe” data storage to Americas Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon. The information is being held on a cloud-based platform that the federal government has assured Australians will be safe.

However, the CLOUD Act mandates that all American cloud service providers are required to produce, under subpoena, to any U.S. law enforcement agency, data held by them regardless of where in the world that data is stored.

Salinger Privacy, advisors to the federal government on privacy law and practice, said in a recent newsletter that the question over Australias data sovereignty with the CLOUD Act needed some clarity.

The newsletter said that although Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the health departments Biosecurity Determination overruled the international law, the determination does not actually reflect that.

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